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A potential problem with CKD for fat loss is that a fairly high volume of weight training is required to deplete glycogen between carb-ups. Additionally, training bodyparts twice each week can cause overtraining in those with poor recovery ability. As discussed in chapter 12, one option is to perform less heavy tension sets on Monday and Tuesday and deplete muscle glycogen with light, high rep sets not taken to failure.

Another option is to make the CKD a 14 day cycle rather than a seven day cycle. Thus, the total volume of work needed to deplete muscle glycogen (roughly 4-6 sets per bodypart assuming a 36 hour carb-up) can be stretched across two weeks of training. This allows 2-3 sets per major bodypart (smaller bodyparts would require less sets) at each workout. Sample Hardgainer CKD schedules appear in tables 5 and 6.

Table 5: Hardgainer option

Mon:

Workout 1

Tue:

Off

Wed:

Workout 2

Thu:

Off

Fri:

Workout 1 ; no carb-up

Sat/Sun:

Off

Mon:

Workout 2

Tue:

Off

Wed:

Workout 1

Thu:

Off

Fri:

Workout 2 ; start carb-up

Table 6: Extreme Hardgainer option

Mon:

Workout 1

Tue-Thu:

Off

Fri:

Workout 2 ; no carb-up

Sat/Sun:

Off

Mon:

Workout 1

Tue-Thu:

Off

Fri:

Workout 2, start carb-up

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